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i suspect than an icu nurse who looks down on a med/surg nurse is someone who has never worked anywhere other than icu. i've worked med/surg, and i'm too old to work that hard any more!
My hospital used to give 'bucks' out for things. We had coins worth a buck to use in the cafeteria and buck ones that you could cash in for $20 gift cards once you got 5. But times got tight... Now each patient gets a letter from the hospital foundation that states if an employee did an exceptional job for them, they may donate money to the foundation in that person's name.
That last bit is part of our scripting. Yay, scripting.
17 year old kids aren't going to research, they are going to trust what they are told. Also, I was single, I got married in school to a man who works for the government here. I did not know I couldn't move when I was 17!
All of the contributions, comments, and thoughts were heard, are being discussed and incorporated. That is what I have always liked about AN....they LISTEN.
Why can the RT recommend an in hospital solution or come up and advise the nurse as to what is needed? Such as we could switch to our machines with an order or have CM call DME to send out their RRT/biomed to troubleshoot the machine (or send the new mask if that's all that's broken). We all know patients are great at doing PM checks on equipment at home (lol). Some RTs say nope not my problem others say "policy states we can't work with home equipment we need to either get an order to switch to our equipment or have CM call DME vendor"
For people saying it does not provide privacy,what makes you think the nursing home/ALF has more privacy?
if the dose is less than the smallest stocked dose in the pyxis, you have to take that vial and waste the overage...
How are you allowed to withdraw MORE than the ordered dose? And I'm sorry, to say, it looks damned suspicious to me as well =(
Some people go into nursing because they felt drawn to it, "called" if you will, and always knew they always wanted to be a nurse. And then discovered they hated it.
Some people go into nursing because after an unsatisfying career in their 20's or 30's, they wanted to do something meaningful but still earn a decent paycheck. And then discovered they hated it.
Some people go into nursing because they were tired of being downsized, losing job prospects because of outsourcing, and had a degree in something no one found of use; they needed a good job. And then they discovered they hated it.
Seeing a theme yet? Point is, people LOVE or HATE nursing REGARDLESS of whether they felt they always wanted to do this and nothing else ("it's my calling!!"). They also LOVE or HATE nursing REGARDLESS of WHY they went into it.
Saying that people who go into it for the money are the ones who end up hating it is short-sighted, half-truthful, and tends to be the opinion of the over-idealized. Those with real, hard-earned experience in nursing KNOW that the only reason to stay in nursing is either you really deep down like/enjoy/love what you do.....or you can't find a job anywhere else (only half-kidding on that!).
People who seem to just 'know' who went into nursing for the love of selflessness and who did it to put food on the table are frequently wrong. I can personally point out nurses whom I know do it for THE JOB, they don't love it, but they are professional to the core and perform very well in their duties. I guarantee you the patients don't know who wanted to be Nurse Nancy from the time she was five and who was a single mother who found a way to support her kids, period.
Me? I went into nursing because the description seemed a good fit with my personality, lifestyle, educational background, experience, and....well....I thought I'd be good at it. I think I was right
Some jobs I've loved, some hated. Never ONCE regretted becoming a nurse, but to say that I'm in love with nursing 24/7....or that ANY nurse with an actual license IS.....would be a lie. Sometimes, over the course of ONE day, I love Patient X but kinda want to find a legal way to off Patient Y. And their mother, brother, and girlfriend who is an EMT.....but I digress.
Decide for yourself, OP. What do you like about it....and what you like, is it REALITY, or TV? Be careful, make sure you know the difference. And if you feel like it's something you still want to do...DO it! What's the worst that can happen....you change careers later in life? Most people do
Best of luck, whatever you decide.
Of course, but they ARE NOT the same. Come on...
Because they see themselves in them & it may scare them that they are like that.
Sorry, i understand and agree with the provider and witness being in the room. Why didnt the nurse simply state that it was for legal purposes? Not "I have the right to be in here!" That is obnoxious!!
Why should the nurse be responsible for obtaining parts for respiratory equipment such as ordering a new home CPAP mask?
Shouldn't the RT be the one to troubleshoot the problem?
When the RT says "I don't know responsibilityto tell ya" in these home CPAP situations, they really do, they just don't want to be bothered?
If they know the policy doesn't exist why dump it in the nurses lap? What's that about?
Sorry for being snarky but it is very very frustrating.
To GrannyyRRT - I agree with icuRNmagie that this has been a very informative and thought provoking discussion.
In my LTC experiences, I've often thought about some of the issues you bring up re cleanliness, maintenance/safety, equip integrity, etc. Nobody else has seemed to question the use of machines from home. NOBODY questions the equip reliability and efficacy. At least in the acute setting, you have a Respiratory Dept. We struggle in LTC.Icouldn't even begin to fathom how to address our circumstances.
But you have brought up some thoughtful issues.
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